Below is an update on yesterday’s shooting on Morse Avenue and a successful “reverse prostitution sting” last night on Clark Street.
Chicago Police today are questioning “persons of interest” in yesterday afternoon’s shooting on the 1500 block of Morse Avenue.
The incident took place at approximately 2:30 p.m. when the victim and assailant encountered each other while walking on the sidewalk. The assailant opened fire, striking the victim in the hand and leg. The wounds are not life threatening.
According to police, the victim, a 22-year-old male, is an alleged gang member who was on parole for a felony.
The police believe the latest shooting is the result of an ongoing dispute between two gang factions, fueled by social media where they exchange insults and post incendiary videos. When the members of the two factions happen to encounter one another on the street, violence sometimes erupts.
The police are closely monitoring the social media and are working closely with other law enforcement agencies, including the Cook County Sheriff’s police and the Illinois Department of Corrections in their ongoing efforts to stem the violence.
My office also continues to support the work of organizations, such as the Howard Area Community Center and Family Matters, which are working with our local youth to end the culture of violence that all too often permeates neighborhoods throughout Chicago. It is this proactive approach to ending violence that ultimately will result in a safer neighborhood.
In a bit of good news, Cook County Sheriff’s police, working with Chicago Police officers, last night arrested 12 “johns,” i.e., customers of prostitutes, in a reverse sting operation on the 7100 block of N. Clark Street. My office has received numerous complaints of prostitution on that block and the combined effort of the Sheriff’s Office and the Chicago Police is an attempt to stem this problem.
Rather than arrest the women who are themselves victims, the law enforcement agencies are concentrating on arresting the men who sustain the sex trafficking. The police plan on conducting similar reverse sting operations in the near future if the problem persists. I hope these arrests, and the publicity surrounding them, will discourage this activity on Clark Street.
I will keep you apprised of developments on both issues.